Dick Bumpas

Dick  Bumpas

Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line | 11th Season

Alma Mater:
University of Arkansas | 1973


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Dick Bumpas joined TCU in February 2004 as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.

TCU marks the fifth school that Bumpas and Horned Frog head coach Gary Patterson have worked together. Bumpas first teamed with Patterson at Kansas State in the early 1980s. He was the Wildcats' defensive line coach in 1981 when Patterson was a senior linebacker. Patterson then became a Kansas State graduate assistant in 1982 and joined Bumpas on staff. The duo then worked together the next two seasons (1983-84) at Tennessee Tech. Bumpas and Patterson reunited at Utah State from 1992-94 and at Navy in 1995. At both places, Bumpas was the defensive coordinator while Patterson was the secondary coach.

Bumpas was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, recognizing the nation's top assistant, in 2008, 2009 and 2010. TCU led the nation in total defense each of those three years. He has been a finalist for the honor four times in all.

In a coaching career that has spanned nearly 40 years, Bumpas has won championships in four different conferences and coached at all three service academies. He has also coached in 21 bowl games.

In 2014, defensive tackles Chucky Hunter and Davion Pierson both received All-Big 12 honors. It was Hunter's third straight season with all-conference recognition.

In its first year in the Big 12 in 2012, the TCU defensive line was one of the tops in country, highlighted by All-Big 12 first-team defensive ends Devonte Fields and Stansly Maponga.

With Bumpas' guidance, Fields was named the Associated Press Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and the conference's Defensive Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches. Fields was the Big 12's leader in tackles for loss (18 1/2) and was third in sacks (10).

The TCU defense, with just one senior on its depth chart, ranked first in the Big 12 in total defense (323.9 yards per game) and 16th nationally, despite facing five of the country's top-13 ranked offenses. The Horned Frogs were also No. 1 in the Big 12 in run defense (103.9 yards per game) and opponent first downs (17.3 per game) while placing second in scoring defense, allowing just 23.1 points per game in the high-powered conference. TCU was also second in sacks with 2.17 each contest.

Maponga was a fifth-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.

Bumpas mentored Horned Frog defensive end Jerry Hughes into being a two-time consensus All-American and the 2009 recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award and Lott Trophy. Hughes, who had never played on defense until arriving at TCU, was also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. Hughes became a first-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts.

Bumpas coached defensive ends Tommy Blake and Chase Ortiz to first-team All-Mountain West honors in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, Ortiz became TCU's first three-time first-team all-conference player in 30 years (Mike Renfro, 1975-77).

Bumpas came to TCU after serving as Western Michigan's defensive coordinator for one season.

Bumpas worked at Houston from 1999-02, serving as assistant head coach and linebackers coach and later as co-defensive coordinator, installing the 4-2-5 defense in his initial season.

Prior to his stint at Houston, Bumpas worked four seasons at Navy as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. His 1997 Navy unit ranked sixth in total defense and turnover margin. At season's end, he was invited to coach in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game.

Bumpas spent three seasons (1992-94) as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Utah State, helping the Aggies to a 1993 Big West Championship and a Las Vegas Bowl victory over Ball State. Other coaching stops include two seasons as defensive line coach at Notre Dame (1990-92), during which time he mentored 1990 Lombardi Award winner Chris Zorich. In 1989, Bumpas coached the defensive line at his alma mater, Arkansas, a team that went on to win a Southwest Conference title and advanced to the 1990 Cotton Bowl.

Bumpas coached seven years in the Volunteer state, splitting time between Tennessee (1985-88) as linebackers coach/special teams coordinator and Tennessee Tech (1983-84) as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. While with the Vols, Bumpas coached three bowl championship teams (1986 Sugar, 1986 Liberty, 1988 Peach) and was part of the SEC championship in 1985.

Bumpas began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1977. From there, he went to Army and implemented a new defense under Homer Smith in 1978. Installing new defenses would become a trend for Bumpas, who did the same thing as defensive line coach at Air Force during a two-year tenure (1979-80).

A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Bumpas received three varsity letters and was a captain for the Razorbacks. He was named SWC Defensive Player of the Year in 1970, earning consensus All-America honors at defensive tackle. He received a Bachelor's degree in education from Arkansas in 1973. He went on to play tight end and linebacker professionally for the Memphis Southmen in the World Football League and the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Bumpas was a 2006 inductee into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor. He is married to the former Gloria Surratt.

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